Girls golf makes history on senior night


Anna Vazhaeparambil

Katelyn Vo (12) watches the ball roll slowly across the green toward the last hole of the match. The only senior on the team, she was honored in the senior night ceremony following the match.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil and Alysa Suleiman

In a memorable senior night match last Friday, varsity girls golf defeated Notre Dame San Jose at the Los Lagos Golf Course, clinching their second consecutive league title and fifth title in the team’s history. Led by Katelyn Vo (12) and Claire Chen (9), who both shot even par 34, the team achieved a final score of 178, beating Notre Dame by 43 points. 

During the game, the girls were supported and cheered on by friends and family alike, and many came to support the team’s only senior, Katelyn, on her senior night match. Liam Bakar, a close friend, was one of many who followed Katelyn throughout the course, cheering her on while holding up his handmade sign spelling “Katelyn, more like Kate-win.”

“It makes me very happy to see her succeeding and doing so well,” he said. 

Kaidi Dai (12), who joined Katelyn’s group of supporters during the last hole, expressed her excitement over coming out and watching Katelyn play for the first time. 

“Kate is one of my best friends. I knew this night meant a lot to her, so I wanted to show her my support [by coming to the game],” Kaidi said. “It makes me so happy to see her playing and doing what she loves. It’s great to see her fully in her element.”

Alysa Suleiman

Following the match, coaches and players each gave short speeches to Katelyn, reflecting on her influence on the team as a fellow athlete, role model and friend. Ie-chen Cheng, middle and upper school golf coach, smiled while recalling Katelyn’s journey growing up on the golf team since joining in the seventh grade, her small quips drawing out laughter from the crowd.

“Senior night is a culmination of all the work [the team has] put in over the years, and I think that no one deserves [the win] more than Katelyn does. To go out with a bang like this, it’s awesome,” Cheng concluded after the ceremony. “It’s been super amazing to see her improve. She’s one of the most selfless and kind and thoughtful people I’ve ever met in my life, and I’m really going to miss [her].”

The golf team will go on to compete in the league championships Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Baylands Golf Links.